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Project Veritas undercover exposé: NYT editor admits he is anti-Trump and a violent Antifa

We already have plenty of evidence of the MSM’s blatant and apologetic partisanship, and their campaign of destruction against President Trump. See:

Now, in another brilliant undercover sting, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has captured on video New York Times editor Nicholas Dudich‘s admission that, contrary to journalism’s professional obligation to be objective, not only is he not objective about President Trump in his NYT job, he deliberately targets Trump’s businesses in order to “bring him down”.

As the New York Times‘ audience strategy editor, Dudich is the gatekeeper of the Times‘ videos, in charge of placing videos on other platforms, such as Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. As he put it, “My voice is on every . . . my imprint is on every video we do.”

A former campaign operative for Obama and Hillary Clinton, Dudich also admits to be a former member of Antifa — the leftwing group identified as “domestic terrorists” by an April 2016 joint confidential report of the Obama administration’s FBI and DHS. Dudich also claims to be former FBI director James Comey’s godson.

Here’s the Project Veritas undercover video:

Some choice quotes from the mouth of Dudich:

(1) He went into journalism in order to continue his former work on the presidential campaigns of Obama and Hillary Clinton presidential campaigns, which Dudich calls “keep doing shit”:

“Obama in 2012 I worked with, on the Obama campaign in 2012. And then I worked on the Obama campaign in 2008 doing social media. Like I have that background, so when Hillary Clinton in 2016, they needed someone to . . . help them do video and how to make it heartfelt for Clinton. . . . Like, after the Clinton campaign, I’m like, no, I need to get back into news and keep doing shit because, like, this isn’t going to change.”

(2) In his work for the NYT, Dudich deliberately targets Trump’s businesses to bring him down:

“I’d target his [President Trump’s] businesses, his dumb fuck of a son, Donald Jr., and Eric, so they’re running Trump, like, the Trump business. I target that. Get people to boycott going to his hotels. Boycott. So a lot of the Trump brands, if you can ruin the Trump brand, and you put pressure on his business and you start investigating his business and you start shutting it down, or they’re hacking and other things. He cares about his business more than he cares about being President. He would resign. Or he’d lash out and do something incredibly illegal, which he would have to.”

(3) Dudich knows he’s in violation of the New York Times‘ professional ethics, specifically Section 62 of the Times’ Handbook on Ethical Journalism forbidding staff members from doing anything that might raise questions about their professional neutrality or that of the Times:

“Like, as a journalist, I’m not able to give any money to any political organization, I’m not able to volunteer for any political organization, I’m not able to work for any nonprofit or charity. Like, there’s a lot of guidelines and ethics.”

“I was, like, I saw the threat [posed by Trump] and I was, like, I want to do something . . . because Trump was . . . and still is a threat . . . to everything.

(4) Claiming former FBI director James Comey as his godfather, Dudich knows he has a conflict of interest because his behavior violates NYT‘s Section 107 that forbids staff members from writing or editing material or making news judgment people to whom they are related by blood or marriage, or with whom they have close person relationships:

James Comey “is my godfather . . . . My dad and mom knew him and his wife for a really long time  . . . No one at the Times has any idea about it.  So any time we [NYT] clip something from, whether it’s, like, the Sessions hearing or the Comey hearing, like, I should have recused myself, but I’m not ever telling anybody there that I have a tie with that, or else I don’t know if they’ll [NYT] keep me on.”

(5) He claims to have been recruited by the FBI to join Antifa and engaged in violence:

“Yeah, I used to be an Antifa punk once upon a time. I used to go after Nazi punks. I have punched neo-Nazis, many of them. [Pointing at a scar on his right hand] Actually, that is from a neo-Nazi’s tooth. Living in northeast Florida, pretty much southern Georgia, lot of neo-Nazis and a lot of KKK people. So I had fun. They’d start shit, I’m like I get to hit you. I’m so excited.”

Dudich then refused to “confirm or deny” that his godfather Comey knew about him being an Antifa who goes around punching people, because he doesn’t want to answer the question, “Did the FBI ask me to do that stuff?”

He then answered his own question:

“Why do you think I did it? [i.e, punching so-called neo-Nazis] I joined that stuff [Antifa] for them. I was an [FBI] asset. So it was intelligence gathering, seeing if they were, what their agenda was, whether they’re a threat or not.”

(6) Dudich says “some” members of Antifa are a threat to the United States for their “domestic terrorism,” which is consistent with the Obama administration’s FBI/DHS report in April 2016.

(7) Admits he lied about being Comey’s godson:

Project Veritas asked Dudich’s father and aunt. Both say they don’t know that Dudich is James Comey’s godson. Dudich Sr. says his son “was embellishing” when he claimed that the Dudich and Comey families are close, and that Dudich Sr. does not even know Comey.

The Project Veritas undercover journalist who had interviewed Nick Dudich then confronted him with what his father said, and asked how much of what Dudich told her is true. Dudich answered, “some,” and said he’s “not sure” why he would lie about Comey. He then said Comey is not his godfather and that he said it because “It’s a good story.”

O’Keefe concludes that the fact that Dudich admitted he’d lied about being Comey’s godson is very troublesome because Dudich is a “gatekeeper” of the New York Times. All of which raises legitimate questions about the Times‘ journalistic integrity.

In response to the video, New York Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha, released this statement:

Based on what we’ve seen in the Project Veritas video, it appears that a recent hire in a junior position violated our ethical standards and misrepresented his role. In his role at The Times, he was responsible for posting already published video on other platforms and was never involved in the creation or editing of Times videos. We are reviewing the situation now.

Ha’s words are hollow, given the New York Times‘ track record. See:

O’Keefe promises that the Dudich sting is only the beginning of more Project Veritas exposés on the New York Times, so get your popcorn ready!

H/t Will Shanley & FOTM‘s CP.

~Eowyn

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Fake news CNN unlawfully threatens maker of Trump wrestling GIF; Alt-Media vows revenge

On Sunday morning, July 2, 2017, President Trump tweeted a photoshopped GIF of him downing a wrestler whose face bore the CNN logo.

That’s CNN — the peddler of fake news, whose producer recently admitted on Project Veritas’ hidden camera that the network’s Trump-Russia story is ‘bullshit’ fake news, and contemptuously describes American voters as “Stupid as shit”.

Thin-skinned CNN went on the war path to track down the source of the Trump wrestler GIF to a Reddit poster, rumored to be a 15-year-old teen, who calls himself HanAssholeSolo (HAS). The network’s investigative KFile team then uncovered HAS’s real identity by using identifying information of key biographical details HAS had posted on Reddit and a Facebook search.

On July 4, two days after Trump’s tweet, CNN published an article written by Andrew Kaczynski, the head of CNN’s KFile team — “How CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling GIF“.  In the article, Kaczynski describes how his KFile team uncovered HAS’s real identity and contacted HAS, after which HAS publicly apologized for the GIF and confirmed his identity.

Kaczynski writes:

“In the interview [with CNN], ‘HanA**holeSolo’ sounded nervous about his identity being revealed and asked to not be named out of fear for his personal safety and for the public embarrassment it would bring to him and his family.”

Despite the fact that HAS apologized to CNN for the GIF — which HAS is under no obligation to do, as he was simply exercising his Constitutional First Amendment right of free speech when he made the GIF — CNN (via Kacsynski) still threatens to dox (publicly reveal the identity) HAS if he does not behave properly in the future:

“CNN is not publishing ‘HanA**holeSolo’s’ name because he is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed his remorse by saying he has taken down all his offending posts, and because he said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again. In addition, he said his statement could serve as an example to others not to do the same.

CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.

Kacsynski also claims that HansAssholeSolo is not 15 but a middle-aged man — which may or may not be true, as there is no way for us to verify the claim, unless HAS actually comes forth and reveals his age and identity.

Kacsynski’s threat was followed by an official statement from CNN:

As WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange points out, CNN and Kacsynski’s standing threat to dox HansAssholeSolo if he ever so much as make fun of CNN again is illegal. According to New York Penal Law §135.60, CNN’s threat is coercion in the second degree and a class A misdemeanor. PEN §135.60 states:

A person is guilty of coercion in the second degree when he or she compels or induces a person to engage in conduct which the latter has a legal right to abstain from engaging in, or to abstain from engaging in conduct in which he or she has a legal right to engage, or compels or induces a person to join a group, organization or criminal enterprise which such latter person has a right to abstain from joining, by means of instilling in him or her a fear that, if the demand is not complied with, the actor or another will:

1. Cause physical injury to a person;  or

2. Cause damage to property;  or

3. Engage in other conduct constituting a crime;  or

4. Accuse some person of a crime or cause criminal charges to be instituted against him or her;  or

5. Expose a secret or publicize an asserted fact, whether true or false, tending to subject some person to hatred, contempt or ridicule;  or

6. Cause a strike, boycott or other collective labor group action injurious to some person’s business;  except that such a threat shall not be deemed coercive when the act or omission compelled is for the benefit of the group in whose interest the actor purports to act;  or

7. Testify or provide information or withhold testimony or information with respect to another’s legal claim or defense;  or

8. Use or abuse his or her position as a public servant by performing some act within or related to his or her official duties, or by failing or refusing to perform an official duty, in such manner as to affect some person adversely;  or

9. Perform any other act which would not in itself materially benefit the actor but which is calculated to harm another person materially with respect to his or her health, safety, business, calling, career, financial condition, reputation or personal relationships.

The backlash against CNN-Kacsynski’s threat is swift and furious:

(1) On July 4, 2017, the chat forum 4chan‘s very resourceful /pol/ politically incorrect section declared war on CNN, vowing to utterly destroy the network. Here’s their “Declaration of War on CNN“:

“Sirs and madams,

Herein contained in this post is /pol/’s formal declaration of war against CNN. Your news agency has for years produced propaganda designed to brainwash the public at large into your sick worldview, and has non-stop endlessly harassed the good men and women of our website and in the right-wing at large. Your latest threat to dox an individual for creating a harmless meme is just another example of your malignant nature and the urgent need to shut your organization down for good.

That is why the ascendant nation of /pol/ has unanimously agreed that all of our resources will be put to the goal of ending your reign of terror. Do not take this lightly. We have the best cyber hackers in the world. We have access to memes that will forever damage the psyche of your company and its employees. We could bring you to heel with zero casualties if we so wanted. As such, we are offering you a chance to surrender now by our terms.

-Total surrender/ dismantlement of CNN and its sister companies and investigative organs
-Criminal prosecution by an impartial tribunal to accordingly sentence everyone involved in CNN and its crimes
-Immediate retraction of all hit pieces and false stories against the President of the United States along with an apology
-Cede all of CNN’s current economic and fiduciary assets to a private fund organized by representatives of /pol/ to be used for the development of new, alternative media organizations which will replace CNN
-Well-written apology to the person CNN threatened to dox

You have one week from the time of this posting. Our people will make certain that you see this message. Remember, we are anonymous. We do not forgive and we do not forget.

We’re waiting.”

And as promised, 4chan and other netcitizens delivered and will continue to exact retribution against CNN.

(2) On July 4, a 4chan poster discovered that Andrew Kaczynski follows the Church of Satan on Twitter. Is Kaczynski, like John Podesta, also a spirit-cooker?

(3) On July 5, netcitizens gave Andrew Kaczynski a taste of his own “dox” medicine by posting Kaczynski’s personal info. to pastebin and here.

(4) Someone did the research and discovered CNN is an All Jew Network, which defies the law of probability (click image below to enlarge):

(5) Reporting for the liberal Daily Caller on July 5, 2017, Betsy Rothstein claims that CNN staff have had their home addresses published and received anti-Semitic threats and accusations:

“Several anchors and reporters at CNN have had their home addresses published and have received threats of rape and other violence in the wake of a story published by Andrew Kaczynski . . . . Anti-network trolls are encouraging viewers to wrongly accuse CNN staffers of pedophilia and child pornography. There is also ‘tons of anti-Semitism.’”

Indeed, a 4chan netcitizen posted this list of home addresses of six CNN hosts and correspondents.

(6) Meme-makers got busy and created even more Trump vs. CNN pictures and GIFs. If the network had a hissy fit over the Trump wrestling GIF, this compilation is sure to give CNN honchos a stroke:

In this war, my bets are on 4chan.

Bring out the popcorn!

See also:

H/t Jim Stone and FOTM‘s MCA, MomOfIV, and Will Shanley.

UPDATE:

CNN’s ratings are plummeting. From Daily Caller, July 6, 2017:

CNN has fallen to #13 in cable TV rankings, according to weekly numbers posted on Thursday by TV Newser.

The ratings slide comes as the network has come under heavy scrutiny for a variety of journalistic missteps, including the retraction of an article alleging that a Trump associate had illicit Russian business ties.

Fox News and MSNBC are listed as first and second, respectively, in the cable rankings, which measured average audience sizes for the period between June 26 and July 2. Fox News drew an audience of around 1.82 million while MSNBC drew an audience of 1.34 million. CNN had only 711,000 viewers on an average day during the measurement period.

To give some perspective to CNN’s average daily rating of 711,000 viewers:

Fellowship of the Minds, this humble little-known blog with a handful of unpaid volunteer writers, had its best day on August 21, 2014, when we got a phenomenal 355,340 unique views. That’s half of the 711,000 average daily rating of international cable TV and corporate giant CNN, whose anchors are paid $millions.

~Eowyn

CNN producer admits Trump-Russia story is ‘bullshit’ fake news

Despite the fact that the FBI is not and has never investigated Donald Trump, last night in a unanimous resolution, the Oakland City Council joined other California cities in calling on Congress to investigate and impeach President Trump.

Grandstanding for the TV camera, Councilmember Dan Kalb, a co-sponsor of the resolution, specifically highlighted among the impeachable offenses Trump’s “releasing confidential information to Russia”.

Earth to low-info Dan Kalb:

“The Trump-Russia story is fake news, which a CNN producer admitted on camera is ‘bullshit’.”

On June 26, 2017, a day before Dan Kalb’s grandstanding, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released an undercover video of CNN Supervising Producer John Bonifield admitting on hidden camera that there is no proof to CNN’s Russia narrative.

Calling the Russia narrative “mostly bullshit” and that “we don’t have any giant proof,” Bonifield admits “I haven’t seen any good enough evidence to show that the President committed a crime.” He continues:

“I just feel like they don’t really have it but they want to keep digging. And so I think the President is probably right to say, like, look you are witch hunting me. You have no smoking gun, you have no real proof.”

Bonifield also states that the instructions to “bullshit” the Russia-Trump fake news came straight from the top — CNN’s CEO Jeff Zucker:

“Just to give you some context, President Trump pulled out of the climate accords and for a day and a half we covered the climate accords. And the CEO of CNN (Jeff Zucker) said in our internal meeting, he said good job everybody covering the climate accords, but we’re done with that, let’s get back to Russia.

Bonifeld also admits the driving factor at CNN is ratings and business is booming because “Trump is good for business right now,” and that talk of journalistic ethics is just “adorable” propaganda fluff:

“It’s a business, people are like the media has an ethical phssssss… All the nice cutesy little ethics that used to get talked about in journalism school you’re just like, that’s adorable. That’s adorable. This is a business.”

In fact, at last week’s Cannes Lions festival in France, lying Jeff Zucker crowed that viewers trust CNN “more than ever”.

Project Veritas’ founder James O’Keefe, 32, points out what should be obvious, but evidently is not to liberal so-called journalists:

“To report not on facts, but instead on narratives that yield high ratings, is exactly the definition of fake news. We said we are going after the media, and there is a lot more to come.”

If you have even just a dollar to spare, please consider donating to Project Veritas, a very worthwhile cause. Go here.

See also:

H/t FOTM‘s MCA and Will Shanley

~Eowyn

D.C. police arrest Trump inauguration domestic terrorists

Mere days before President Trump’s inauguration, using hidden cameras, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas captured video and audio evidence of a radical Left group plotting to disrupt and cause mayhem at the inauguration.

Members of DisruptJ20 were captured on video in Pizzagate’s Comet Ping Pong pizzeria discussing how they would disrupt the pro-Trump Deploraball on the night of January 19 at the National Press Building, Washington, DC, by releasing butyric acid stink-bombs into the ventilation system and setting off fire alarm sprinklers.

Those plans are outright terrorism and in violation of D.C. Code 22-3571.01(6) that carries a 5-year prison sentence:

“It shall be unlawful for anyone to willfully or knowingly, with the intent of intimidating or frightening people, causing panic or civil unrest….”

One of the terrorists, Luke Kuhn of the D.C. Anti-Fascist Coalition, was heard on the video threatening the D.C. government and the police:

“The message has to be, we do not recognize the city government either. If you try to close us down we will look for your house, we will burn it. We will physically fight the police if they try to steal one of our places. We will go to war and you will lose.”

For the video, see “Video evidence of the Left’s terrorist plans for Trump inauguration”.

Well, it looks like the D.C. police took the threats seriously by arresting three of the DisruptJ20 terrorists: Scott Ryan Charney (aka Scott Green), Colin Dunn and Luke Kuhn.

Scott Ryan Charney was the first to be arrested.

As reported by Andrea Noble of the Washington Times, Scott Charney was arrested on January 19, the night before the inauguration, for conspiracy to commit assault. Charney, 34, was one of the three men caught on Project Veritas’ camera.

Court documents indicate that police relied on the Project Veritas video, as well as emails sent between protest organizers, including emails sent by Charney to several individuals stating that he had conducted reconnaissance at the National Press Club, and believed his group “would be able to accomplish their objective ‘with no negative consequences for our side, nor any collateral damage.’”

Here’s the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s press release.

On February 15, Project Veritas tweeted that Luke Kuhn and Colin Dunn had also been arrested:

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Police should also look into Luke Kuhn’s pedophile activities, based on his writings that were unearthed by citizen journalists on Reddit.

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(1) On Sept. 22, 1997, Kuhn wrote in an essay titled “Ronald McDonald the child-molesting clown”:

“a burger loaded with E. Coli or Mad Cow disease will do a child far more damage than some seedy sexual encounter in the woods behind the school could ever dream of.”

(2) In an email on April 14, 1998, Kuhn wrote:

I have been a sexually-active bisexual since I was 12 years old…. Here in Montgomey County, MD, one of the things the Utopian Anarchist Party (a youth militia when you get right down to it) has been doing is running an underground railroad for runaways…. Keep up the good fight, for you are waging a holy war against the devils of psychiatry and minimum age laws…. I know one thing, if I had had parents who put me in a mental hospital for being Gay-or for being an anarchist, I would probably have burned them out for it.”

(3) On June 19, 1998, Kuhn wrote:

“I am writing in response to the lurid tales that have been circulating for the past week accusing the UAP [Utopian Anarchist Party] of running ‘child-pornography’ and other such commercial operations involving young people…. Yes, I did post a few articles to Boychat,which I found through a law-enforcement Web site. Why? What better place to post articles about the Mary Kay Latourneau case. Yes, I support the right of young people to CHOOSE to be sexually active if they so desire. As I stated in my original posts on the subject, I started having sex by my own choice when I was 12. My partner was 15 or 16. He asked first, but I kept going back for more-and never, ever regretted it.”

H/t PJMedia

~Eowyn

Video evidence of the Left’s terrorist plans for Trump inauguration

Using hidden cameras, Project Veritas has video and audio evidence of the radical Left’s plans to disrupt and cause mayhem at the Trump inaugural this Friday.

Members of one group, DC Anti-Fascist Coalition, are captured on video in the infamous Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant discussing how they would force everyone to evacuate from the Deploraball on the night of January 19 at the National Press Building, Washington, DC, by releasing butyric acid stink-bombs into the ventilation system and setting off fire alarm sprinklers.

These plans, of course, are outright terrorism and in violation of D.C. Code 22-3571.01(6) that carries a 5-year prison sentence:

“It shall be unlawful for anyone to willfully or knowingly, with the intent of intimidating or frightening people, causing panic or civil unrest….”

Project Veritas has notified the FBI, Homeland Security and DC police of the terrorist plans.

Note: Butyric acid is an oily, colorless liquid that smells like human vomit, and tastes acrid, with a sweetish aftertaste similar to ether. Inhalation of butyric acid may result in soreness of throat, coughing, a burning sensation, and laboured breathing. Ingestion of the acid may result in abdominal pain, shock, and collapse. Physical exposure to the acid may result in pain, blistering and skin burns, while exposure to the eyes may result in pain, severe deep burns and loss of vision.

Here are the individuals plotting to commit terrorism at the Inauguration:

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Below are the Leftist groups who are planning to disrupt Trump’s inauguration (Sources: MSN and Project Veritas):

  1. Americans Take Action
  2. Answer Coalition: an anti-war group that plans to demonstrate at two locations along the inaugural parade route down Pennsylvania Avenue — at the U.S. Navy Memorial and Freedom Plaza, a large plaza about six blocks from the White House.
  3. DC Anti-Fascist Coalition
  4. DisruptJ20: a coalition of groups that named themselves after the January 20th date of the inauguration. Planned activities include:
    • Attempt to shut down or cause delays at the security checkpoints going in to the inauguration ceremony.
    • A march that will begin at Columbus Circle, outside Union Station, then travel about a mile and a half to McPherson Square, a park about three blocks from the White House, where a rally is planned.
  5. Industrial Workers of the World
  6. Occupy Inauguration: plans to rally on the morning of Inauguration Day at Meridian Hill Park, about a mile and a half directly north of the White House. Speakers at the rally will include 2016 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. At 12:30 p.m. they plan to march from the park to McPherson Square, joining with DisruptJ20 demonstrators coming from Union Station.
  7. Progress Unity Fund
  8. Women’s March on Washington: 200,000 people are estimated to march on the day after Trump’s inauguration. Christopher Geldart, the District of Columbia’s homeland security director, said he expects the march to draw 100,000 people coming just by bus because 1,800 buses have registered to park in the city on Jan. 21.
  9. Workers World Party

See also “Caches of weapons found in D.C. 6 miles from where Trump will be inaugurated“.

~Eowyn

This is rich: Clinton News Network warns us about “fake news”

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From the network that:

From CNN’s post: It’s time for a new rule on the web: Double, no, triple check before you share. Especially if it seems too good to be true.

Why? Look no further than Donald Trump’s Twitter account. Trump claimed Sunday morning that “Twitter, Google and Facebook are burying the FBI criminal investigation of Clinton.”

Not only was there no proof of this, but it was pretty easy to disprove. The FBI email inquiry was at the top of Google News; FBI director James Comey’s name was at the top of Facebook’s “trending” box; and Twitter’s “moments” section had a prominent story about the controversy. (I guess I’ll have to take their word for it. I don’t use Google nor Facebook. As for Twitter, well, just ask Jack.)

You can trust Facebook...

You can trust Facebook…

Nevertheless, Trump’s wrong-headed “burying” claim was his most popular tweet of the day. About 25,000 accounts retweeted it and almost 50,000 “liked” it, helping the falsehood spread far and wide.

The rise of social media has had many upsides, but one downside has been the spread of misinformation. Fake news has become a plague on the Web, especially on social networks like Facebook. As I said on Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” on CNN, unreliable sources about this election have become too numerous to count.

So that’s what I recommended a “triple check before you share” rule.

New web sites designed to trick and mislead people seem to pop up every single day. For their creators, the incentives are clear: more social shares mean more page views mean more ad dollars.

But the B.S. stories hurt the people who read and share them over and over again. Many of these fakes reinforce the views of conservative or liberal voters and insulate them from the truth. The stories prey on people who want to believe the worst about the opposition.

A recent BuzzFeed study of “hyperpartisan Facebook pages” found that these pages “are consistently feeding their millions of followers false or misleading information.” (There you have it. From the expert journalism of “BuzzFeed.”)

The less truthful the content, the more frequently it was shared — which does not bode well for the nation’s news literacy during a long, bitter election season. “Right-wing pages were more prone to sharing false or misleading information than left-wing pages,” the BuzzFeed reporting team said.

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On a few occasions, made-up or highly misleading stories have even snuck into Facebook’s “trending” box — a problem that the company says it is trying to address.

In a few cases, Trump aides and family members have themselves been duped by fake news stories, including a hoax version of ABC News with a story headlined “Donald Trump Protester Speaks Out: ‘I Was Paid $3,500 To Protest Trump’s Rally.'”

A close look at the web site reveals that it is not, in fact, the actual ABC News. But the site tricked Trump’s son Eric Trump in early October. “Finally, the truth comes out,” he tweeted, promoting a link to the bogus story.

As soon as I spoke about this on television on Sunday, CNN detractors filled my inbox with messages saying that CNN is the ultimate example of “fake news.”  But that’s a deliberate attempt to confuse the issue. Whatever faults CNN has, news organizations small and large try very hard to report the truth.

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Fake news sites and Facebook feeds, on the other hand, traffic in misinformation. My sense is that there are three buckets of these sites:

#1, Hoax sites with totally made-up news headlines that try to trick you;

#2, Hyperpartisan sites that aren’t lying, per se, but are misleading, because they only share good news about your political party and bad news about the other party;

#3, “Hybrids” that purposely mix a little bit of fact and then a lot of fiction.

These sites aren’t going away, so it’s up to Internet users to spot fake news and avoid spreading it.  Fact-checking sites like Snopes can help — they are devoted to ferreting out hoaxes and tricks.

Josh Stearns from Democracy Fund

Josh Stearns from Democracy Fund

Josh Stearns, a longtime media activist who now works at Democracy Fund, said newsrooms also have a role to play.

“Fact checking has taken center stage in this election, but newsrooms need to go beyond fact checking politicians statements and help debunk viral misinformation too,” he told me. “At a time when trust in media is at an all time low, journalists should call out these fake news stories and help citizens tell fact from fiction.”

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Trump’s false claim about Google, Facebook and Twitter “burying” bad news about Clinton criticized what he called the “very dishonest media.” Ironically, he was using Twitter to blast Twitter.

Trump may have gotten the idea from an inaccurate Zero Hedge blog post alleging a “social media blackout.” The blog post contained false information. I asked the Trump campaign to provide a source for the wild claim, but no one has responded.

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NY Assemblyman demands elections official resign for linking minorities to voter fraud

Demorats don’t like it when you call out their shenanigans…

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From NY Post: A Bronx lawmaker demanded the resignation of a city Board of Elections official for linking minorities to voter fraud.

Alan Schulkin

Alan Schulkin

Manhattan Board of Elections Commissioner Alan Schulkin was secretly recorded claiming Mayor de Blasio’s municipal ID program was contributing to “all kinds of fraud” while also endorsing a stricter voter ID program in New York to deter voter fraud.

During a discussion with an undercover videographer from the conservative group Project Veritas last December, Schulkin also said busloads of people in minority neighborhoods are taken from “poll site to poll site.”

When the undercover videotaper asked if this happened in Black and Hispanic neighborhoods, the commissioner answered, “Yeah . . . and Chinese, too,” according to the video tape. He also talked about how Muslims can hide their identify in burkas.

Luis Sepulveda

Luis Sepulveda

Bronx Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda said Schulkin said the comments make Schulkin unfit to be a Democratic representative on the elections board. “His comments about alleged voter fraud coming from Black, Latino Asian and Muslim communities reeks of racism and is factually incorrect,” said Sepulveda.

“There is minimal evidence of voter fraud. Schulkin’s comments were disgraceful and demonstrate that he is incompetent to serve as a Commissioner. Resign immediately!”

A spokesman for Mayor de Blasio also took strong exception to the commissioner’s comments. “These allegations are not only false, they’re racist. Voter fraud fear-mongering is a right-wing smokescreen designed to not only disenfranchise the poor and people of color, but thwart efforts to deliver sorely needed electoral reforms in New York and across country. New Yorkers deserve public officials who are committed to defending democracy, not undermining it,” said spokesman Austin Finan.

Finan shot down Schulkin’s claim that the municipal ID program is susceptible to fraud, saying there are appropriate safeguards. “Got my @IDNYC earlier this year. They didn’t just hand it over. Application and enrollment requirements were significant and appropriate,” he said.

Schulkin was appointed in 2014 with the support of Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, and Manhattan Council members Corey Johnson, Margaret Chin, Mark Levine, and Ydanis Rodriguez, sources said.

Manhattan Democratic Party leader Keith Wright supported another candidate, but lost out in the power struggle with the Council leadership , sources said. “It’s very disturbing what I’ve been reading in the paper — if true,” Wright said of Schulkin. Mark Viverito issued a terse statement saying Schulkin’s comments are “uninformed opinions have no basis in fact.”

A City Hall official said Schulkin is not likely to be reappointed when his term is up at year’s end.

Schulkin addressed the controversy during a Board of Elections Committee meeting on Tuesday. He said he doesn’t have a racist bone in his body and claimed his secretly recorded videotaped comments were taken out of context.

Meanwhile, Republicans pounced on Schulkin remarks as reason to tackle voter fraud. “If there is evidence of voter fraud, we should hold a hearing on it. If a Board of Elections commissioner says we need a voter ID law, we should explore the idea and make recommendations to the state Legislature,” said City Councilman Joe Borelli (R-SI).

Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe said Schulkin should be treated as a hero for his candor, not fired. “This is a man who wants to do the right thing and stop criminal acts, but the powers he would face are so powerful, he sees no path forward. “ O’Keefe said.

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